Plenty

1985

Plenty

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In this provocative drama, the discontent of a bored British housewife only increases when she begins reminiscing about how she played a key role in the French Resistance during WW II. Now that the war has ended, she feels useless and that her life has no meaning. Her emotional turmoil causes her to become increasingly isolated from her friends and family. The highly symbolic story is based on a play by David Hare.

Cast

Meryl Streep
as Susan Traherne
Charles Dance
as Raymond Brock
Sting
as ick
John Gielgud
as Sir Leonard Darwin
Tracey Ullman
as Alice Park
Ian McKellen
as Sir Andrew Charleson
Sam Neill
as Lazar
Burt Kwouk
as Mr. Aung
Lim Pik-Sen
as Mme. Aung
Ian Wallace
as Medlicott
Hugh Laurie
as Michael
Richard Hope
as Alistair
Roddy Maude-Roxby
as Committee Chairman
Roger Rowland
as Police Officer
John Kidd
as 1st Committee Man
James Snell
as Viscount Tampan
Michael Johnson
as Account Executive
Rupert Vansittart
as Client's Assistant
Beth Morris
as Housewife in Advert
Geoffrey Larder
as TV Salesman
Tim Seely
as Sir Charles Curry
Jasper Jacob
as Young Diplomat
Karen Lewis
as Brock's Maid
Nicholas Frankau
as Foreign Office Assistant
Clare McIntyre
as Girl at Dinner Party
Ali Rafaie
as Iranian Servant
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
as Radio Producer
John Rees
as Soe Man
Alexander John
as Radio Interviewer
Joan Blackham
as Miss Simpson
John Serret
as French Farmer
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Critic Reviews for Plenty

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

  • Be a little patient: What builds beneath this quiet exterior, shot through with dark wit, is a haunting examination of the price that romantic idealism can exact.

    Jul 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Plenty emerges as an absorbing and fastidiously made adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play, but also comes off as cold and ultimately unaffecting.

    May 13, 2009 | Full Review…

    Matt Wolf

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Whether or not you buy the message, it's a work that qualifies as epic, and reveals Hare as a great Romantic.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There is, possibly, a decent film in Mr. Hare's play, but not as it's been written by him and ornamentally directed by Mr. Schepisi.

    May 20, 2003
  • The ultimate blame for the film's lack of body must lie with Streep, who never succeeds in melding the components of this showy part into an accessible characterization.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The movie stars Meryl Streep as Susan and it is a performance of great subtlety; it is hard to play an unbalanced, neurotic, self-destructive woman, and do it with such gentleness and charm.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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